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Profile of the Black Dahlia Killer

Former FBI profiler Gregg O. McCrary analyzes Hollywood’s greatest unsolved murder case and creates a profile of the murderer of Elizabeth Short.

Your Daily Creepout: The Body of the Black Dahlia

On January 15, 1947, the body of actress Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case was never solved. Even today a clinically dispassionate description of the condition of the body as it was found still shocks the mind, begging the questions: Who could do such a thing, and why?

Today in Crime History: The Black Dahlia’s Purse and Shoe Found

On January 25, 1947, police found a leather purse and one open-toed pump belonging to aspiring starlet Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, a few miles from where her butchered body had been found ten days prior.

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